Singapore Haqqani Ensemble
The Singapore Haqqani Ensemble is often called as “The Naqsh Band”. The group comprises of about 15 members, and are regularly invited for Mawlids and Qasidah (Islamic poetry) recitations. The group members are also part of the Naqshbandi Haqqani Spiritual Order, a Sufi order under the leadership of Grand Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani (Cyprus) and Maulana Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Al-Kabbani (USA).
The group is considered as among the premier reciters in Southeast Asia, fusing traditional Arabic poetry of Love of Allah and His Messenger with heart-pounding drum beats of duffs, darbukas and djembes. The group recites the Qasidahs in Arabic, English and even Urdu.
One of the premiere reciters of Singapore, the Singapore Haqqani Ensemble, also commonly called The Naqsh Band, has led recitations for some of the most honourable Islamic scholars of our time, including Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari, Shaykh Afeefuddin al-Jailani, Shaykh Ahmed Tijani, Shaykh Ahmed Babikir, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Ustadh Usama Canon, just to name a few.
The Ensemble provides a very high level of nasheed and qasidah singing, evoking love for Allah and His Beloved through the words of our scholars and predecessors who wrote so passionately about their Creator and His Beloved Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasallam. Their poetry and words, which we would be hearing shortly, will Insha’Allah bring about a similar sense of love and yearning for our Lord and Sayyidina Muhammad, Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him, his family and companions.
The Naqsh Band has performed in United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- In December 2015 and January 2016, the group went on a performance tour to London and Toronto (Canada). They performed at the Centre for Spirituality & Cultural Advancement (CSCA). In Toronto, they recited at the famous Reviving Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention. They performed at a Grand Mawlid event at Toronto’s Living Arts Centre, alongside internationally renowned Islamic scholars like Prof Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Yahya al-Ninowy, as well as reciters/artistes like Sidi Dawud Wharnsby and Sidi Nader Khan.
- In March 2012, the group was in New Zealand to guide the participants in Maulid readings and dhikr at The Seekers Retreat at Lake Taupo, New Zealand.
They have also recited alongside artists like Habib Syech Assegaf (Indonesia), Aashiq Al-Rasul (UK), Nader Khan (Canada), Caravan of Praise (Malaysia), Muhibbain (Malaysia), AlMawlid (Malaysia), Quadravox (Indonesia), Sheila-on-7 (Indonesia) and Letto (Indonesia).
They have recited with international Islamic scholars like Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim Assegaf, Habib Hassan Al-Attas, Prof Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Yahya al-Ninowy, Buya Yahya, Shaykh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar, Shaykh Ahmad Saad Al-Azhari, Ustadh Usama Canon, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and many many more.
The Naqsh Band launched their inaugural album entitled “Our Beloved Mustafa” in April 2011 and released in April 2012 their second album “The Symphony of the Soul”. Their third album “Nur ul-Anwar” was released in 2013.